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Archive for February, 2007


Glen Mitchell


Photography by Glen Mitchell.

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Perfume: the art of scent


I’ve yet to see Tom Tykwer’s film of Patrick Süskind’s novel, Perfume—The Story of a Murderer, and remain reluctant to do so; it’s a rule in cinema that good books make bad films and vice versa. Perfume is a good book and a favourite of mine which makes the prospect of film adaptation even more […]

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The art of Stephen Aldrich


Take Me to Your Leda (2000). The City at the End of Time (2005). I wrote about the history of the engaving collage in Sandoz in the Rain: the Life and Art of Wilfried Sätty, an article for Strange Attractor #2 (2005). I hadn’t come across Stephen Aldrich’s work at the time, if I had […]

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Tygers of Wrath


ImageTexT is an excellent web publication produced by the English Department at the University of Florida whose objective “is to advance the academic study of comic books, comic strips, and animated cartoons”. The subject of the latest edition is “William Blake and Visual Culture” and to this end includes my written and visual account of […]

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Patrick Wolf interviewed


‘There was a fire inside me’ His life was made a misery at school, but all that bullying just fuelled Patrick Wolf’s ambition to become a pop star. Looks like he will have the last laugh, says Maddy Costa. The Guardian, Friday, February 9th, 2007 PATRICK WOLF was 11 when he saw his first dream […]

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Tom Dura


Tom Dura by Tom Dura. From The Little Black Book (2006).

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Gonzo photography


HST Self Portrait, In White Whale, Las Vegas. GONZO—Hunter S Thompson, an exhibition of the writer’s photographs, is at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, from 3rd February–10th March 2007. There’s also a limited book collection available from Ammo. Michael Hoppen Gallery 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD Previously on { feuilleton } • Further back […]

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Radical architects and their magazines


Such Cheek! Those Were the Days, Architects by Nicolai Ouroussoff New York Times, February 8th, 2007 IF YOU ARE revolted by today’s slick and fashion-obsessed architecture scene, hurry over to ‘Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines‘ at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. You’ll feel even worse. Organized by the architectural historian Beatriz Colomina, […]

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How to disappear completely


Talking to a friend recently about Photoshop reminded me of this picture experiment I made a couple of years ago. The photo above was a Prague street scene (no other details known) that I cut from a newspaper. I liked the atmosphere of the narrow street but couldn’t help wondering how it would look without […]

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The art of Arik Roper


Semyaza (2007). Witch Banner (2006): Witch South x Southwest banner. Eyehategod NYC (2005): NYC show poster. Arik Roper produces much band artwork and design (including for Boris who I’ve been listening to a lot this week). He’s also part of the splendid Arthur posse. Go thou to his work and marvel. Previously on { feuilleton […]

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February boy


February from a calendar series by the very accomplished Maurice Heerdink. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive

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Charles Le Brun’s physiognomies


L: Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Eagle. R: Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Ram. From Dissertation sur un Traité de Charles Lebrun concernant le apport de la Physionomie Humaine avec Celle des Animaux (1806), in which the First Painter to Louis XIV attempted to demonstrate a correlation […]

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Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning


Incredible panorama of Perth beach, Australia, during the recent Australia Day celebrations. Creating the lightshow is a burst of fireworks, Comet McNaught (tiny, in the centre of the picture) and a nearby thunderstorm. Full-size version here. From NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, via Towleroad.

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The art of Rudolf Hausner, 1914–1995


Die Arche des Odysseus (1948–1956). Adam Bei Sich (1969). A major Austrian painter and printmaker, Rudolf Hausner studied art at the Academy in Vienna from 1931 to 1936, under Fahringer and Sterrer. Many of his early paintings were confiscated and branded as ‘degenerate’ by the ruling Nazi party in 1938. In 1941 Hausner was drafted […]

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31 days in Iraq


“If you look at what’s transpired in Iraq, Chris, we’ve made enormous progress.” US Vice President Dick Cheney, Fox News interview, January 14th, 2007. A visual depiction of the continuing human cost of the Iraq war, by Adriana Lins de Albuquerque and Alicia Cheng. From the NYT. In January more than 1,900 people—soldiers, security officers […]

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Seamen in great distress eat one another


Seamen in great distress eat one another (1685). From Wonderful Prodigies of Judgement and Mercy by Robert Burton. One of those incidents, like witch burnings and other executions, whose quaint period depiction is at considerable odds with what would have been an appalling reality. This picture can’t help but bring to mind Théodore Géricault’s masterpiece, […]

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The art of Peter Colstee


Arch in the Sky (2002). It’s that pose again. More paintings and drawings here. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive • The recurrent pose archive

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Underground history


Poster by Arik Roper. Radical Living Papers A history of the free, alternative, counter-culture and underground press, 1965–75 Gavin Brown’s enterprise at PASSERBY 436 W. 15th Street, New York, NY 10011 February 2–March 7, 2007 Opening reception: Friday, February 2, 2007, 6pm. The Council for the Fortieth Anniversary of The Summer of Love with Gavin […]

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Jasper Johns


Left: Handprint (1964). Bull’s-Eyes and Body Parts: It’s Theater, From Jasper Johns By HOLLAND COTTER New York Times, February 2, 2007 WASHINGTON — Art and crass are all but inseparable. So it’s no surprise to find an exhibition that brings together a record number of Jasper Johns’s famous target paintings being bankrolled by Target. You […]

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Of Moons and Serpents


It’s lunar, it’s serpentine, it’s grandly thaumaturgical. Cover design by yours truly. Via Top Shelf: Splendid news for boys and girls, and guaranteed salvation for humanity! Messrs. Steve and Alan Moore, current proprietors of the celebrated Moon & Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels (sorcery by appointment since circa 150 AD) are presently engaged in […]

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Lou Reed goes ambient


Technically speaking, not his first ambient work, since the mighty Metal Machine Music is certainly ambient given the way it immerses the listener in 64 minutes of total noise. When you’ve been that far out, why not go in the opposite direction? We are pleased to announce plans for the release of Lou Reed’s first […]

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James Bidgood


Bobby Looking Out Shuttered Window from Pink Narcissus, mid- to late 1960s. Blue Boy from Pink Narcissus (Bobby Kendall), mid- to late 1960s. James Bidgood’s deliriously rich photographs are currently on exhibition at Clampart in New York, and the show includes stills from his classic film Pink Narcissus. Bidgood discusses his work here. And for […]

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